An influential congresswoman tweeted on July 29 that Vice President Mike Pence is preparing to take over for President Donald Trump.
"Mike Pence is somewhere planning an inauguration," joked Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, as quoted by The Hill. "Priebus and Spicer will lead the transition." White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer both resigned their positions over the past week.
Waters was elected to her 14th term in 2016, with more than 76 percent of the vote, according to her congressional website. The site further notes that she "serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services. ... She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus."
Although Waters' remark was intentionally flippant, another California Democrat, Rep. Brad Sherman, made a serious attempt to impeach Trump on June 12, reported The New York Times.
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Charging the president with obstruction of justice, Sherman's proposal cited Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and his attempts to interfere in the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser.
"Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government," Sherman said in his proposal.
Most Democrats, however, have argued against impeaching Trump.
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“No one ought to, in my view, rush to embrace the most extraordinary remedy that involves the removal of the president from office,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reports The Times.
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont concurred: “What needs to happen is that we have got to go forward with an absolutely bipartisan investigation. The public must understand this is not a Democratic issue.”
Even if Trump did get successfully impeached, recent revelations over what Pence knew about the activities of Flynn could possibly lead to Pence's impeachment, also, suggests Jonathan Vankin of The Inquisitr.
Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13 after it was revealed that Flynn misled the public and top White House officials about about his communications with a Russian ambassador regarding sanctions.
It was reported on May 17 that weeks before Trump's inauguration, Flynn told Trump’s transition team, which was led by Pence, that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, The New York Times reports.
Pence had even received a personal letter stating the same on Nov. 18 from Representative Elijah Cummings of the House Government Oversight Committee.
The implication of Pence could therefore make his possible transition to the presidency more difficult than predicted in Waters' snarky tweet.